Last week was Wellbeing Week in Law (WWIL). One of the goals was to encourage legal professionals to take action to improve their well-being. I’m here today to recognize the members of Vermont’s legal community who did exactly that. And, sadly, I’m also here to self-report significant violations of the bread making code of conduct.
But first, I want to share a comment that, to me, perfectly captures the importance of tending to our own well-being.
Patty Turley is General Counsel for the Vermont State Colleges. I met Patty many years ago when we served together on the Board of Bar Examiners. Here’s part of Patty’s reply to the email I sent encouraging participation in WWIL:
- “Hi Mike – This was such a good reminder for wellness! It was a crazy busy week; they are all busy but this one was exceptionally crazy. At first I thought: “It is such a busy week, I don’t have time to take this on.” Then I decided to switch my thinking: “It is such a busy week, it is more important than ever to make time for wellness.” It worked. I often did 2-3 shorter activities (walks, yoga, strength-training, meditation, reading for pleasure) each day.”
Let me repeat Patty’s words:
- “It is such a busy week, it is more important then ever to make time for wellness.”
Patty – you nailed it! Our new catchphrase should be “Busy? Then now’s the time to make time for wellness.”
Okay, turning to the bread.
During WWIL, Wednesday’s theme was Intellectual Wellbeing. The focus was on the importance of continually challenging ourselves to engage and grow intellectually. To mark the day, I shared this video of myself making bread.
The video ends before I sliced or tasted the bread. So, it fails to reveal that the final product was not fit for consumption. Therefore, this morning I recorded this video in which I self-report multiple violations of the culinary canons. In mitigation, and as this picture proves, my second attempt went much better than the first.
Finally, here’s a list of the members of Vermont’s legal community who let me know that they participated in WWIL. If I forgot to include you, I apologize. Message me and I’ll update the list.
To wrap up Wellbeing Week in Law, here’s to hoping that our participation continues beyond the confines of the week itself.
Indeed, let’s make well-being a habit.
2022 Wellbeing Week in Law Participants
- Karen Allen
- Bonnie Badgewick, Woodstock Law
- Fred Bethel
- Andrew Boxer, Boxer Blake & Moore
- Amy Butler
- Heather Devine, Tarrant Gillies & Shems
- Peter Dysart, Primmer Piper Eggleston & Cramer
- Dunkiel Saunders Elliott Raubvogel & Hand
- Hoff Curtis
- Sarah Katz, Disciplinary Counsel
- Nicole Killoran, Vermont Law School
- Justin Kolber, Office of the Attorney General
- Jim Knapp
- Deborah Kirchwey
- Joshua Lobe, Board of Bar Examiners
- Jack McCullough, Project Director, Mental Health Law Project, Vermont Legal Aid
- Cielo Mendoza, Legal Services Vermont
- Chris Pelkey, Valsangiacomo Detora & McQuesten
- Lisa Penpraze, Assistant United States Trustee, Northern District of New York
- Nick Persampieri, Office of the Attorney General
- David Polow
- Meghan Purvee and the Agency of Natural Resources Office of General Counsel
- Jim Shea, Office of the Attorney General
- Bill Skiff, McVeigh Skiff
- Stitzel Page & Fletcher
- Shannon Salembier, Office of the Attorney General
- Michael Tarrant, Tarrant Gillies & Shems
- Patty Turley, Vermont State Colleges
- Honorable John Valente, Vermont Superior Judge
- Wilschek Iarrapino Law Office